What is the SMART project?
The SMART Project was created as an alternative to school. Not everybody going into year 10 or 11 copes well with or even likes traditional schooling, and for those students the SMART project is perfect!
What exactly do you do in the SMART project?
SMART students work in small groups and work on their social, basic and life skills. There’s a focus on vocational skills through courses and work experiences.
All SMART students leave the program with loads of confidence and self esteem.
What’s a typical day like?
The school day runs from 10:00am-15:00pm five days a week. The term follows the same schedule as other local schools, so you’re free to hang out with your friends during your holidays!
Do you get to have fun too?
Of course! The SMART project is not your typical classroom! There are many activities you’ll be able to choose from:
- Think you’re a pretty good chef? Try your hand at cooking once a week with SMART and then compete in the master chef competition.
- Love kids? You can take a childcare course where you’ll learn all about child development, safety, play and first aid.
- Are fast cars more your thing? Learn all about tools, safety, engine and car parts in a working garage.
- Other fun activities include: arts and crafts, sports, fighting fires, and so much more!
Do you get to go on any trips?
SMART students are rewarded throughout the year for their hard work and good attendance: paintballing, bowling, fancy dress parties, open boating on the River Wye and farewell BBQ’s are all part of the SMART experience.
How do I join SMART?
All referrals must be made through your school. The head of your year should be able to give you some help with a referral.
For more information log onto http://www.thesmartproject.org.uk